Kerala HC orders S Durga to be screened at IFFI
The Kerala High Court has directed the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to screen the Malayalam film Sexy Durga, now known as S Durga. The film was pulled out from the list of movies selected in IFFI’s Indian Panorama section. On November 11, the I&B ministry dropped S Durga and a Marathi film titled Nude from the government-backed event without intimating the jury that is in charge of selecting the films. Following that, S Durga director Sanal Sasidharan moved to the Kerala High Court against the film’s exclusion.
Speaking to the Indian Express, Sasidharan said “I am very happy. It is not my victory, it is the victory of all those people, who stood behind this film. It is the victory of our cinema, our democracy. A lot of people came out in support of the film and even sacrificed, like our jury members, it is their victory.”
Sanal, reportedly, will not attend IFFI as he is currently in Australia for a film festival. However, the director hopes that people will watch the film at the fest, especially the ones who thought it to be 'defamatory.'
The I&B ministry and the annual festival received a lot of criticism from the film industry for excluding S Durga and Nude. In a show of protest, the Indian Panorama jury head, filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh, gave up his position. Two other members of the jury- writer Apurva Asrani and director Gyan Correa too followed suit. According to the Indian Express, filmmaker Rahul Rawail, replaced Ghosh.Read More